Through the efforts of the troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion, the long-term dispute between the clan of Bai Mariam Sangki and Mastor Ampatuan a.k.a Datu Item finally came to an end in a settlement held at Barangay Maganoy, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao on Saturday (March 9, 2019).
After a series of deliberate planning and coordination, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao Mayor Mariam Sangki finally met with Mastor Ampatuan, the 106th Base Commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, to make amends and patch up their long time issues and differences.
It can be recalled that their conflict resulted to unnecessary rido, occasional firefight, and shooting incidents among their supporters.
“This initiative of Lieutenant Colonel Alvin G. Iyog, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion is well appreciated not only by my family, but also by all those people who got involved in the misunderstanding,” said Mayor Sangki.
They finally concluded their dissent through a serious dialogue, in the name of peace and reconciliation.
The momentous event was supported by 6th Civil-Military Operations Battalion representative Major Aslim M. Ulangkaya and Bai Rebecca Ampatuan.
Rebecca’s son married a woman from the Sangki clan.
“Today, the people in Barangays Kayakaya, Dimaampao and Old Maganoy had felt the peace in the community and bracing for the imminent progress and development as an outcome of the cessation of violence and hostilities that plagued the area for a long period,” said Lieutenant Colonel Iyog.
“This is a continuing effort of the brigade to settle existing rido among the MILF brothers and the people of Maguindanao. We truly embrace the primacy of the peace process because we strongly believe that war is not an option to settle misunderstandings,” Brigadier General Robert C. Dauz, Commander 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade said.
“To end the culture of violence and to uphold the peace and security within the community, communication and understanding are the basic weapons,” said Major General Cirilito E. Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central.
Major General Sobejana commended the troops of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the other troops involved in promoting peace and unity in the community.
“If you want to make peace, you have to work with your enemy and cultivate peace and harmony with all,” Major General Sobejana added.
“Family feuds ignite armed struggles. Ending these feuds in Mindanao will breed harmony and will empower communities to converge for peace and economic stability,” said Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.